Dear Staff and Students
As the winter recess is upon us, let me send a special word of thanks to the colleagues who remain at work on all of our campuses as they continue, behind the scenes, to maintain the integrity and momentum of the University. To those that are enjoying a well-deserved break, I hope that you will return refreshed and ready to tackle the second semester. Although it is quiet, some of our academic staff will be conducting academic research whilst our international postgraduate students will be busy with study-abroad programmes.
When our academic staff and students return for the third quarter, our fundraising walkathon, the UJ Future Walk, will take place on Saturday, 25 August 2018. I urge you to support the Walk by lending a hand, financially, to help fund our students who are not covered by NSFAS and the fee-free education framework.
Yesterday and today, the UJ Ali Mazrui Centre of Higher Education Studies hosted two international events; the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) symposium as well as the Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES) conference. What brought these two auspicious events together was to reflect on the role of higher education in promoting peace and harmony through Ubuntu. You will agree with me that these conversations could not be held at a better time than now as we celebrate 100 years of the life of our father, former President Nelson Mandela.
Lastly, as we continue to celebrate the Youth Month, I hope that you will reflect on the many positive as well as the challenging aspects of our democracy. For those that enjoy football, I hope that the 2018 FIFA World Cup has given you much to talk about and the excitement that such a tournament can bring. By the way, my favourite goal is the one that everyone was talking about last week!
You will hear from me again when the second semester begins.
With my very best wishes,
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Johannesburg